SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota House is expected to approve a new Environment and Natural Resources budget. The budget includes funding to protect, restore, and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources.
The budget strengthens protections for Minnesota’s fish and wildlife, including bans on ivory and the commercial harvest of wild turtles. Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven) is the chief author of the Lawns to Legumes program, which has been incorporated in the Environment and Natural Resources Budget. It increases support for pollinators and assists homeowners who want to convert their lawns to pollinator-friendly habitat.
“New research shows that cities can play a key role in pollinator preservation,” Rep. Morrison remarked. “We need to protect our environment and abundant wildlife with science-based solutions so they can be enjoyed by future generations.”
Additionally, Rep. Morrison’s legislation to help address the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Minnesota’s lakes and bodies of water has been included in the Environment and Natural Resources Budget.
Once the Minnesota House and Senate approve their respective environment and natural resources budgets, lawmakers from each chamber will form a conference committee to reach agreement on a final version.